the Liebster award x2 // in which I am interrogated

I have been tagged for the Liebster award!


Thank you so much to Grace A. Johnson and E.K. Seaver for tagging me. Both of them are amazing writers and bloggers so go check them out!

✰ rules ✰

  • thank the blogger who nominated you (gratias tibi ago, Grace and Emily!)
  • answer the eleven questions he/she asked
  • nominate eleven more bloggers for the award (and notify them of their nominations)
  • ask your eleven nominated bloggers eleven new questions

✰ Grace’s questions ✰

1 // When did you first start your blog?

I started this blog in April of 2019 (almost two years ago, wow). You can read my first post here if you like. It’s a little cringey and very different than how I blog now, but I’m glad I started back then… it’s given me courage and a writing voice and an audience and so many friends.

2 // What’s something you want to blog about but haven’t yet? Why?

Um… maybe politics? 😛 I don’t think I’m going to use this blog as a political platform, but I have Thoughts I wish to share somewhere.

3 // What’s your dream job?

An author, ha. Or a teacher (Latin or English or literature or philosophy), or a missionary/Bible translator. And a homeschooling mom.

Maybe even all four.

4 // Name a movie you want to watch but haven’t yet. Why?

I want to see Black Widow and Dune (haven’t seen them because they’re not out yet), The Dead Poets Society (haven’t found the time), Peanut Butter Falcon (not sure if I’m allowed to; my parents want to see it first, but they haven’t watched it yet), and The Quiet Place (my mom thinks I’d be freaked out ’cause it’s horror, but that hasn’t stopped me from wanting to see it).

5 // What’s your favorite topic to debate about? (Assuming you like to debate…better for you if you don’t.)

Hmm. I like talking about politics and theology with friends. Only if we already know and respect each other, though; I don’t like the arguments and ad hominem attacks that are so common online (sadly).

I also like to debate who the best Pevensie sibling is! (Hint: it’s Edmund, and you are free to have the wrong opinion I mean disagree.)

6 // Who has been your biggest supporter in life?

My parents, who gave me Narnia and The Hobbit when I was six, tirelessly sought out new fantasy books as I got older, let me type for hours and hours, and have never told me that being an author was an unattainable goal.

7 // If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I’m pretty partial to Michigan (though I would love to live even farther north in the state), but I hope to spend some of my life in Nashville, and maybe a year or so in the UK. We’ll see 😉 Pretty much any place in the world with four seasons, forests, lakes and/or rivers, and plenty of wilderness sounds good to me. Bonus points if there are mountains or historic inns or low taxes XD

8 // What’s something you don’t like, even though most people do? (It could be a book, TV show, song, anything!)

I don’t like cottage cheese or mushrooms (it’s a texture thing). I don’t like Avengers: Infinity War or Endgame (overall; I do like parts of them, though). I don’t like new social situations, large events with people I don’t know, or pretending to be happy when I’m not.

Do any of us like that, though? Or is it just so ingrained into us that we automatically flash a smile and an “I’m fine” when we meet people?

9 // What makes you stop and think? (Roses? Poems? Big words?)

Beautiful outdoor landscapes. I vividly remember a day, a year or two ago, when I was driving to a class alone and I was very sad. Like, to the point of thinking about how life wasn’t really worth living (please don’t freak out; I’m not suicidal but I sometimes have… dark thoughts). And then I saw this lake and I was like this. This is what makes life worth it.

I mean, so do books. And the fact that God loves me. And my friends. Nature isn’t the only thing. But it was the thing for me that day. And I never stop being awed by its grandeur and majesty and intricate beauty.

10 // When you were younger, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

A ballerina. My six-year-old sister now wants this, and it makes me smile.

11 // If you could make up a question to ask yourself as the final one in this list, what would it be? (For example, “Why was Grace too lazy to create a legitimate question?” By the way, I’ve an answer to that. It’s not laziness; it’s ingenuity.)

“What is the one thing you want everyone to know?”

Answer: “Please stop asking me what I want to study in college. I do not know, nor do I need to know until my junior year. Thank you.”

✰ Emily’s questions ✰

1 // What is the hardest part about writing for you?

Just sitting down to write, I think. Once I get into it, I can easily write two or three thousand words in a day without feeling drained or out of inspiration. I have to remind myself that I will like it, because before I start I really, really don’t want to start.

2 // How much sleep do you get on average?

Probably 8 hours-ish? I go to bed around 10 and get up around 7, but I stay up later on weekends and I take a while to fall asleep.

3 // What is your favorite quote? Why?

Whyyy would you do this to me, Em?

Well, one I love a lot is this one from Empire of Bones by N.D. Wilson:

To love is to be selfless. To be selfless is to be fearless. To be fearless is to strip your enemies of their greatest weapon. Even if they break our bodes and drain our blood, we are unvanquished. Our goal was never to live; our goal is to love. It is the goal of all truly noble men and women. Give all that can be given. Give even life itself. 

I love this quote for two reasons: first, it’s a reminder of the way I want to live my life. And second, it reminds me of my favorite scene from one of my favorite books, in which Cyrus Smith realizes what matters more than anything, and all because of an Irish monk named Niffy.

4 // What’s your MBTI, Enneagram, and Hogwarts house?

I think I’m an INFP (at least, Em told me so). I’m an Enneagram type 4. And I self-identify as a Gryffinclaw — Ravenclaw primary (what I do) and Gryffindor secondary (why I do things).

5 // What is something that can make you laugh ever time you read it?

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde…

To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

…and any Jeeves book by P.G. Wodehouse.

“Won’t you have an egg or something? Or a sausage or something? Or something?”

“No, thank you.”

She spoke as if she belonged to an anti-sausage society or a league for the suppression of eggs.

6 // What’s the weirdest dream you’ve had?

I’ve had a lot of weird dreams. I actually had one last night that was especially odd. Eragon, Nasuada, and Murtagh were arguing (I was one of them, but I don’t know which), then we walked through a bramble-filled forest to a small blue sled that was (apparently) my old home, then explored an old museum built over an ancient mine that looked like the goblins’ home in the Hobbit movies. Then my brother declared his intent to become a Windrunner (from the Stormlight Archive).

7 // What is your sense of humor? (Share with us something you find funny.)

This is my very favorite joke:

Q: Why did Snape stand in the middle of the road?

A: So no one could tell what side he was on.

I also laughed a lot at the new Emma. movie, and this post by Sarah Baran (guys, her blog is literally the funniest and I am begging you to follow it).

8 // What is something you do that you get annoyed with yourself about?

*One* thing?

Well. I procrastinate. A lot. It’s stupid. It’s not that hard to not do. And yet I do it.

9 // Fight or flight? Why?

Fight. I have literally imagined what I would do if a shooter came to my church 😆 and I don’t know if that’s good or bad, since I have no skill/experience with that kind of thing, but I would fight if I could. I am always looking for potential danger in a situation and thinking about what I’d do if it happened.

10 // Would you rather remain locked in a cozy room with good snacks and a computer for the rest of your life or be at a party with tons of people and loud music and good food and a notebook and pencil for the rest of your life?

The first, obviously! I’d miss social interaction, but not nearly as much as I’d miss being alone in the other scenario. Plus, I’d have a computer. So I could video call my friends!

11 // What is your greatest fear?

I have an irrational fear of drowning by having my head held under a sink faucet. (You’re welcome for putting that image in your mind.) I’m also afraid that in heaven, I will forget about all my non-Christian friends. And I’m afraid that someone I love will die and I’ll be left here to mourn.

✰ my questions + nominees ✰

I tag…

  1. Emily @ Frappes and Fiction
  2. Laurel Jean
  3. Clarisse @ Bookworms and Bluestockings (and Sentimental Nonsense — you don’t have to do this on both your blogs, but I wasn’t sure which you use more :))
  4. Mia @ Windows
  5. Essa @ The Simple Sunflower
  6. Elisha McFarland
  7. Karl Bickerstaff @ The Wizards’ Warehouse
  8. Jorja @ Polka Dot Pens
  9. KeziahE
  10. Evelyn Brooks
  11. Breanne @ writing, flying, free

questions for you:

  1. What is your favorite summertime drink?
  2. Have you ever met someone whose first language was not English (or was your first language not English)? What was that like?
  3. Do you fluently speak any language other than your first? Which one? How’d you learn it?
  4. Have you ever made up a language, or do you want to?
  5. Is it snowy where you live?
  6. What song did you last listen to? Did you like it?
  7. Would you rather be Lizzy Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) or Peter Parker (Spider-man)? (Ignore whether you’re the same gender for this question and just think about the situation/personality.)
  8. Have you ever been to Michigan? If so, what did you think of it?
  9. Favorite non-official holiday? (For example, mine is Maple Sugar Fest.)
  10. Does your church follow the liturgical calendar?
  11. Do you like being asked about your future plans? Why or why not?

Until next time, fellow wanderers, I hope that you have a lovely February, and that you enjoyed my interrogation!

P.S. Have you read The Importance of Being Earnest or the Jeeves books? (If you haven’t, please do; they’re so funny.) Do you enjoy being (politely) interrogated?

Published by Maya Joelle

classics student, bookdragon, wordsmith, forest girl, incurable romantic seeking to adorn the dark with my words and kindle hearts with legendary fire looking for beauty in the ordinary but the men signed of the cross of Christ go gaily in the dark

27 thoughts on “the Liebster award x2 // in which I am interrogated

  1. Hey!! Thanks sooo much for nominating me! I’ll try and do it soon. This was SO fun and I loved all your answers! And YES! Edmund is by. far. the best of the Pevensie children… Next to Aslan, he practically ends up being the hero. 😁

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  2. Duuudeee. I’ve literally imagined what I would do if a shooter come into my church, too!! XD That’s funny. Sometimes I do that at other random public places at evaluate what would be the closest and most effective weapon. 😂 In reality though, I’d probably forget about all that and freak out.

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  3. *laughs* The thing about fight/flight with the church– yeah, I’ve imagined that before, too. I’m a fighting person in general but my primary goal would to be to get my little sisters to safety, so I have an escape plan. (Oh, and we do have armed security at my church so I’m like 90% sure I’d be more helpful just getting out of the way.)
    I really like your answers, tho. XD

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    1. We have armed security at my church, too. But one time I dreamed that my dad was the only one of them present that day, and it happened to be the time that four or five shooters came into the church. Jeez Louise. XD 😐 My Dad managed to shoot most of them, but not before he and my brother were killed. To this day, that is the only real nightmare I remember. 😬

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      1. Wow, girl, that sounds awful.
        As my dad is the pastor, and he’s the one onstage the service, I’ve kind of always assumed that if we did have that situation he’d be one of the first to go. He’d have the clearest path and vice versa. 😔

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  4. I loved reading your answers! Unfortunately, I haven’t read The Importance of Being Earnest, but it’s on my list now. I’ve seen part of the movie adaptation and thought it was hilarious. Thank you for the nomination!

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  5. Dude your answers were so fun to read

    You might find this freaky but I would’ve picked the party, with the understanding that no one I knew well would be there. I dig that wild ‘meeting strangers’ energy and being thrown into uncomfortable situations. I think it’s an ADHD thing, maybe, I don’t know. Also: now I’m eyeing my sink faucet warily. Do you mind if I write up something on a murderous sink faucet? Might be fun…

    Edmund is definitely the best sibling.

    Also: your driving alone to a class experience is the most relatable thing I’ve seen on the net all day. Is that… good? I don’t know :p

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  6. Thanks for nominating me, Maya! I’ll try and get to this soon (what schoolwork?). I have read The Importance of Being Earnest; a bunch of my aunts and uncles and siblings and grandparents all got together and read parts (somehow I ended up with Algernon; can’t imagine why). It was one of the most hilarious family gatherings I’ve ever been at. As for interrogation: bring it. I’ve been doing competitive debate for two years now, and I’ve always enjoyed cross-examining my opponents.

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  7. You know that demoralizing feeling when there was so much goodness in a post you just…don’t know what to comment on? Yeah.

    Debating politics and theology is really fun but can also be…not. I want to have calm, respectful discussions, but sometimes it almost seems like people can’t? Like, I’d really like to talk about politics too, but…not on my blog. (I feel like my politics tend to be fairly obvious sometimes, but that’s not the same as actually talking about them…)

    Edmund is, indeed, the best Pevensie.

    You know, I haven’t actually read The Importance of Being Earnest? I just bought it at the thrift store (10 cent books, I love that place), so I plan to. I ADORE the movie (the…1952 one, I think, do you know it?). And I’ve been meaning to read the Jeeves books too. All quotes from them I’ve read have been uniformly hilarious.

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